Vera Bradley “Simply Violet” All In One listing

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Carmen’s Cornbread Sticks

I’m at Carmen’s house by the beach and she’s cooking some amazing food.
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Here’s the way she makes cornbread sticks (and this recipe can also be baked in a regular cast iron skillet too).

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 can cream corn
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 jalapenos, diced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Brush oil on the cast iron corn stick pan. Preheat oven and pan to 450. Mix all ingredients (except the oil). Bake for 15-20 minutes (20-25 minutes if making cornbread in a regular skillet).

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake

When Paul was in middle school, he went on a road trip with his best friend Mark.  Mark’s mom took them and they visited their family.

Paul came home with this recipe.  I’m typing it as written but it seems to cook a bit faster in my oven.  I’d start checking it even after just 40 minutes.  Also, I subbed butter for vegetable oil and I used a scant 3/4 cup of sugar.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. 

  • ` One box of yellow cake mix (without pudding)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Beat 2 minutes on medium speed.  Pour into the prepared pan and bake 50 to 55 minutes until done.  Cool on a rack.

Glaze

Mix 1 1/2 cups softed podered sugar with just enough milk so it will drizzle over the cake.

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Homemade PopTarts

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This is why it works …

I stink at dieting!! If I try to do any kind of plan, I’m thinking about food all day long!!! I find myself saying that I’ll eat what I want today and I’ll shape up tomorrow.

With this plan, I’m not counting calories, weighing food or measuring portions. I’m even enjoying an occasional treat. I just find myself constantly thinking “I have to lose two-tenths of a pound today!”

I had no idea how all the little tastes, seconds and thirds at dinner and frequent snacking were adding up!! They have been easy to eliminate. Dinner was a difficult time for me because I come home from work stressed and hungry! I’m allowing myself all the food I want but choosing fresh veggies for seconds instead of extra meat and carbs.

Anyway – to sum it up — this is working because it’s changed the thoughts going through my head — instead of “I’ll start tomorrow”, I’m having to say “I must lose two-tenths of a pound today.” With most things, the battle is in your mind. It’s a battle that is easy to fight because so little needs to be done.

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Summary of weight loss progress to date …

Twelve days have passed since I decided to lose two tenths of a pound each day. I’ve lost a total of 3.1 pounds and I’m very, very pleased.

I thought it might help to actually journal what I eat – so here goes!

This has been my birthday weekend and my husband took me to a great little restaurant in the St. Elmo section of Chattanooga called the Blacksmith Bistro. We shared an appetizer (3 crab cakes with a kicked up sauce) and I had a bison steak topped with a fabulous fois gras butter. I also enjoyed a glass of red wine and we shared a slice of white chocolate cheese cake garnished with mint and drizzled with honey. I didn’t think I would like it, but it was amazing! That was Friday night so I was surprised to see that my weight was down the next morning!

Saturday morning: Breakfast was a fried egg and buttered whole wheat toast. George made a great pico (a chunky tomato salsa) that we ate with organic corn chips for lunch. We went to Starbucks around 3 and I ordered a latte subbing soy milk for cow’s milk. Neither one of us was really hungry till late so he made a spinach omelet using two eggs a piece with a good salad on the side. I love eggs and eat one almost every day.

George finished his day by making a white chocolate cheesecake to see if he could duplicate the great dessert we enjoyed the other evening! He took it out of the oven, set it out to cool, garnished it with rosemary sprigs to give it a kick and we went to bed.

I was down a half a pound this morning; breakfast was scrambled eggs, buttered whole wheat toast, fresh cantaloupe and (drum roll please) a tiny slice of the cheesecake he made last night. I tried nibbling a tiny bit of a rosemary sprig and then eating a bite of cheesecake (he drizzled it in honey too.) Wow! The taste is so unexpected and it’s really good!! His was every bit as good as the one we enjoyed at the restaurant.

We’re going back Tuesday night with our kids and I can’t wait!!

I noticed that my belly is already much flatter and my jeans fitted looser this weekend. I haven’t felt like I’ve been dieting at all (I haven’t been dieting … but I have been careful to try to stop mindless snacking. I’ve also made a real effort to make sure I’m eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.)

Call me crazy but I don’t think I’m as “hungry” when I’m eating my veggies!

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The plan continues to work …

Weight Loss To Date

This graph says it all! I am so stoked!!

The large spike occurred on a night when my husband stopped at Sonic on the way home. I hardly ever eat fast food but when I saw the burgers, I caved – I ate half a Sonic burger – and you can see the results.

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